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Wichita police chaplain arrested in prostitution sting

Published: Apr. 6, 2018 at 10:28 AM CDT
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Update April 7

A volunteer chaplain for the Wichita Police Department jailed on prostitution charges bonded out of jail.

Police say 63-year-old Daniel Syrcle was booked into Sedgwick County Jail Friday morning.

Detectives were investigating an unrelated prostitution case when they discovered Syrcle's involvement.

He also worked as a volunteer with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. He was fired from both positions.

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Wichita police arrest an unpaid volunteer chaplain that serves the police department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office while investigating an unrelated case.

Officers arrested Daniel Syrcle Thursday morning near the 600 block of south Beverly, west of Kellogg and Edgemoor.

"Daniel Syrcle, 53, was interviewed by detectives, booked on misdemeanor charges for purchasing unlawful sexual relations and official misconduct," says Wichita Deputy Chief of Police, Jose Salcido.

Arrest records show the official misconduct charge stems from the vehicle Syrcle was using.

According to police department policy, chaplains are assigned a vehicle while on duty.

Police wouldn't confirm if Syrcle was using a city vehicle or if he was on duty at the time of his arrest.

"Syrcle has been terminated from his volunteer assignment with WPD and the Sheriff's office," Salcido says.

We reached out to the church Syrcle led, First Salem Church, but were unable to reach anyone to explain what his arrest means for the congregation.

Wichita Police say there are currently 25 Chaplains with the department and all go through a vetting process that includes a background check and interview. According to department policy, Chaplains are all volunteer members of the clergy and must serve at least two 24-hour duty-shifts each month.

Some of their responsibilities include delivering death notifications, assisting those who have attempted suicide, responding to serious accidents to comfort the injured or their relatives, and counseling prisoners at the request of an arresting officer.

Police would not say whether Syrcle was on duty at the time of his arrest.